July 17, 2020

Technical Exchange: Strengthening Cities’ Surveillance Systems and Data Use for Real Time Decision-Making in Africa

In this second session of the COVID-19 PHC City Technical Exchange Series, five African cities shared strategies, lessons learned and challenges for urban COVID-19 surveillance systems. The exchange placed a special focus on the use of data to inform local decision-making, including data needed to clearly assess and communicate changing levels of risk, and to drive recommendations for adjusting public health and social measures. The experience using syndromic and mortality surveillance to establish epidemic alert levels in Goiania, Brazil was shared; the subsequent peer-to-peer discussion surfaced the creative ways in which cities across the continent are using data to address their unique challenges with COVID-19. Overall, epidemic response leads in Accra, Harare, Kampala, Kumasi, and Freetown agreed that enhanced surveillance systems are helping urban leaders in Africa save lives.


  • Presentation slides available here